Correctional Officer Salary (United States)

A Correctional Officer earns an average salary of $34,817 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Correctional Officer Total Pay (?
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$24,667 - $60,189
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MEDIAN: $34,816
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Correctional Officer Total Pay (?
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$10.74 - $22.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,667 - $60,189  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,479 - $56,675  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,369
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.74 - $22.28  
   
Overtime
$13.62 - $39.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,479 - $56,675  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,369
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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.
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Correctional Officer Tasks
  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.

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Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Fresno
up arrow 93%
San Diego
up arrow 82%
Chicago
up arrow 62%
New York
up arrow 37%
Los Angeles
up arrow 35%
Miami
up arrow 15%
Baltimore
up arrow 13%
Beaumont
up arrow 10%
Orlando
up arrow 4%
National Average
$34,000
Atlanta
up arrow 1%
Jacksonville
up arrow 3%
Houston
up arrow 4%
Raleigh
up arrow 16%
Columbia
up arrow 22%
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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

People Management
up arrow 3%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%
Security Policies and Procedures
0%
National Average
$34,000
Emergency Response
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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